Bladder Problem Specialists

Associated Urologists of North Carolina -  - Urology

Associated Urologists of North Carolina

Urologists located in Apex, Cary, Clayton, Clinton, Dunn, Raleigh & Wake Forest, NC

Don’t let bladder problems dictate your day as you clutch your painful bladder or struggle to find the nearest bathroom or have difficulty urinating. At the Associated Urologists of North Carolina, the hard-working medical professionals help diagnose, treat, and prevent a range of bladder problems, from urinary incontinence to bladder cancer at seven offices in Apex, Cary, Clayton, Clinton, Dunn, Raleigh, or Wake Forest, North Carolina. The team assists you in protecting and improving the health of your urinary system. Call the Associated Urologists of North Carolina or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment today.

Bladder Problems Q & A

What are Some of the Most Common Bladder Problems?

Some of the most common bladder problems include urinary incontinence and urinary tract infections.

  • Urinary Incontinence: Urinary incontinence is the uncontrollable leakage of urine. There are three types of urinary incontinence. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is usually the result of stretched and weakened pelvic muscles. Overactive bladder (OAB) involves a rapid and frequent uncontrollable urge to urinate, often due to overactive bladder muscles or your brain mistakenly telling your bladder to empty itself when it isn’t full. Mixed incontinence is a problematic combination of both SUI and OAB. Overflow incontinence is a type of urinary incontinence that occurs when a blockage affects your normal flow of urine, or when your body creates more urine than your bladder can hold. It can also occur when your bladder is full and can’t empty.
  • Urinary Tract Infection: A urinary tract infection happens when bacteria enter your urethral opening and multiply in your urinary tract.
  • Cystitis: Cystitis is an inflammation or infection of the bladder, generally caused by a bacterial infection, yeast, or viruses.
  • Bladder Cancer: Bladder cancer accounts for around 90% of cancers of the urinary tract, and it usually originates in the bladder lining.


What are the Signs of Bladder Problems?

If you have bladder problems, you might experience certain signs or symptoms, such as:

  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Blood in your urine
  • Weak flow of urine
  • Pain in your bladder area
  • Burning sensation during urination

 

Your provider at the Associated Urologists of North Carolina can help you determine what’s causing your symptoms.

  • Hematuria: Hematuria refers to blood in the urine. This could be a sign of a kidney or urinary tract infection, an enlarged prostate, bladder cancer, and other conditions.
  • Frequent Urination: Frequent urination isn’t just frustrating; it can also be a sign of diabetes, urinary tract infection, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and other serious conditions or complications. Waking up in the middle of the night to urinate is called nocturia.


How are Bladder Problems Treated?

How your bladder problems are treated depends on the type and severity of your bladder problem and your symptoms, preferences, general health, and other important factors.

Your provider usually starts with a consultation and testing and devises a personalized treatment plan. Your provider might suggest healthy lifestyle changes, such as nutrition and stress management, or certain medications, such as anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, or antifungals.

In some cases, your provider might suggest other treatments or procedures, such as a procedure to remove cancerous tissue, insert an artificial urinary sphincter, or remove the bladder.

Protect your urinary system and find relief from your bladder symptoms. Call the Associated Urologists of North Carolina or request an appointment online today.